Deep Diversity® Institute

Important Notice: Deep Diversity Institute 2020 is postponed/cancelled until further notice in accordance to YWCA Madison’s decision of suspending all face-to-face engagements in the next eight weeks until May 1st. 2020. If you have registered already, you will soon be receiving an email with steps to receive your 100%  refund at this time. However, YWCA will incur some administrative costs due to these unforeseen circumstances. After receiving your refund, if you would consider a donation, during this most difficult time, we would be very grateful. Your donation allows us to keep critical programming occurring, including providing housing over 100 women, families and children at our downtown YWCA Madison location.

Thank you for your consideration.

Leadership Skills for Inclusive Organizations and Workplaces

YWCA Madison, in collaboration with the Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Program (SISL) and Consulting Collaborative, is thrilled to co-organize this opportunity for transformational learning and capacity building for any organization committed to deepening the practice of inclusion and equity in the workplace.

Course Dates: To be determined.

The Deep Diversity® Institute skillfully integrates the latest research from neuroscience, psychology, prejudice reduction, organizational development and mindfulness with proven practices for sustaining organizational performance. This unique professional development opportunity is experiential and holistic, a challenging yet non-threatening approach to tackling issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

This award-winning training process will develop key leadership knowledge and skills to support workplace inclusion and equity, as outlined in Shakil Choudhury’s book, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them.

Deep Diversity Books Available for Purchase

Institute participants are highly encouraged to have read Shakil Choudhury’s book Deep Diversity – Overcoming Us vs. Them in preparation for this training. YWCA Madison has twenty copies available for $20 each, you can purchase the book during the registration process for Deep Diversity Institute and coordinate your book pick up with Gloria Castillo via email.

CEUs Credit

Participants of the Deep Diversity Institute can earn 1 to 2 graduate credits or 1.4 to 2.1 continuing education units (CEUs) through the Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program at Edgewood College. Those participating for two days earn 1 graduate credit or 1.4 CEU, while those attending for three days earn 2 graduate credits or 2.1 CEUs. The cost is $190 for each graduate credit and a flat $20 for CEUs. You can register for graduate credits or CEUs at the Edgewood College Professional Development page. Please contact Ken Syke at if you have any questions.

Community of Practice

Everyone that completed Deep Diversity Institute is invited to three Community of Practice gatherings after the course. Each of these gatherings integrates new learning and community building for deep equity and inclusion practice in Madison. Every gathering is scheduled on Fridays between 12 – 2 p.m. on the following dates for 2020: June 12, August 7, and October 9

Although developing “diversity champions” within organizations is a common strategy for advancing inclusion strategies, there is less understanding of the leadership competencies required for such a challenging task. We will explore leadership as an inside-out process, that inner skills—including self-awareness, empathy, and bias management—are essential in nurturing workplace diversity and inclusion.

Deep Diversity® is a framework that helps examine how four key factors—bias, tribes, emotions and power—play invisible, yet significant, roles in our dynamics with those who we perceive to be different than us. To really work through issues of difference and foster greater levels of fairness and inclusion within organizations, it is critical to understand the human mind—its conscious and unconscious dimensions. We will investigate these ideas and link them with Deep Diversity®, a practical and evidence-based lens that can be used to enhance our understanding of systemic discrimination based on gender and race.

Anima Leadership has surveyed the latest smart practices research on recruitment, retention and advancement in order to develop unique diversity instruments for measuring inclusion in the workplace. Assess where your organization is at and where it wants to go using the Deep Diversity® Inclusive Workplace Continuum and Organizational Practices.

The best, most impactful, research-based, DEI educational experience I had. I felt a combination of well-balanced self-work, applicable skills, and knowledge that I can put into practice immediately in my work. Highly recommend!
Participant at Madison Deep Diversity Cohort 1 in 2019

2-Day Institute

During the Deep Diversity® Institute participants will learn:

  • Leadership competencies needed to deepen the practice of inclusion and equity in the workplace including emotional intelligence, mindfulness and authentic connection.
  • How to apply the Deep Diversity® framework to help uncover systemic discrimination within organizations with regards to race/ethnicity, specifically, and social identity broadly.
  • How unconscious bias results in blind spots within individuals and organizations and the importance of developing bias detection and reduction skills.
  • What gets in the way of establishing a diverse and inclusive organization that is inclusive of all people, regardless of identity or background.
  • How to apply the Deep Diversity® Inclusive Workplace Continuum: Organizational Practices using seven factors for measuring organizational change with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Facilitator Lab (Optional 3rd Day)

After road-testing Deep Diversity® workshops with thousands of people around the world, we are clear that our award-winning workshops are due to the underlying design and facilitation strategies that integrate sociology and anti-discrimination principles with psychology and neuroscience. This optional 3rd day is for educators, trainers and facilitators who want to go “behind the curtain” of the methodology behind Deep Diversity® in order to make their own educational training more impactful.

During the Deep Diversity® Facilitator Lab participants will:

  • Understand key workshop design, teaching and facilitation factors that increase the impact of diversity, inclusion and justice-based workshop.
  • Identify four common ‘traps’ that social justice educators, facilitators, and activists fall into that unconsciously re-enforce the very problems they are trying to fix.

In general, Deep Diversity® Institute is ideal for:

  • Committed advocates looking for concrete skills to deepen and move forward inclusion and equity efforts in the workplace.
  • Staffing, recruitment and general HR professionals who want a deeper understanding of how to create a more inclusive work environment to attract and retain the best people
  • Managers and administrators who want to learn skills and practices to ensure their staff is treated equitably and feel valued.
  • Organizational and school leaders looking for a comprehensive and effective approach to developing and measuring diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Educators, trainers, and facilitators who are wary of dogmatic approaches to diversity and inclusion and want to be more effective when tackling issues of power, privilege, and equity.

Note for Attendance: To attend the Deep Diversity Institute you must at minimum register for the 2-Day Institute.When registering for the 2-Day Institute you have the option to also register for a Facilitator Lab (Optional 3rd Day) for an additional registration fee. You cannot register for the Facilitator Lab without attending the  2-Day Institute. 

For more information contact:
Gery Paredes, or Lisa Baker,  

We are committed to making this opportunity also available for people and organizations that need a subsidized fee in order to participate in this transformational experience.

Please fill in this form if you want to receive information about the subsidized fee and scholarship opportunities to join the Deep Diversity Institute.

We wanted impactful learning in the area of diversity. The Deep Diversity Training with Anima Leadership is powerful and transformative. The way we work with each other and our families has changed in a meaningful way.
Tobie Mathews, Training & Dev., Toronto Children's Services

Shakil Choudhury

Shakil ChoudburyAs Co-Founder of Anima Leadership, Shakil Choudhury is an award-winning consultant with more than 25 years experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion. He has trained senior leadership teams across sectors and developed measurement tools for organizations, helping improve their diversity outcomes. Internationally, Shakil has designed and led peace-building projects for communities in conflict, specifically in Europe and South America. His book Deep Diversity®: Overcoming Us vs. Them is a practical, scientific and compassionate approach to tackling systemic discrimination. Written in a Gladwell-meets-racial-justice style, many are calling this a “breakthrough” book on racism and social identity offering an innovative approach to building more inclusive environments.  He is currently experiencing his most challenging and rewarding management experience: his two toddlers teaching him about fatherhood! For more about Shakil.

Geraldine Paredes Vásquez

Gery Paredes Vásquez is a passionate lifelong learner and educator for the liberation of humanity. Born in Bolivia, with both Quechua and European ancestries she was gifted the metaphor of kaleidoscopes from his granduncle, Tio Antonio, as a child and now stewards it as a compass for her holistic approach to learning and unlearning for the restoration of humanity as a whole. Throughout her work experience for the last 12 years, she has developed and collaborated in the creation of programs and workshops, both in English and Spanish, for youth and adult populations from a broad range of races, genders, cultural, ideological and belief identities across Latin America, the United States, Asia, and Europe. Former Director of Creativity, Action and Service Programs at United World College Costa Rica, a graduate of United World College of India and Prescott College and former board president of the Association for Experiential Education. Currently, together with her husband Richie Morales she leads a social enterprise for traveling with human quality in Guatemala, Cultura Corazón as well as directs the Race and Gender Equity department at YWCA Madison.

Lisa Baker, Ph.D

Lisa Baker Ph.D., Principal & Lead Consultant, Consulting Collaborative: As a psychologist, consultant, and leadership coach, Lisa works collaboratively with individuals, teams, and organizations, offering highly accessible, engaging, and effective leadership and team-building training and facilitation. Lisa has extensive expertise in working with teams and organizations experiencing high levels of conflict, uncertainty, and change, including types of work with greater potential for polarization, as well as for transformative change (e.g, politics, law, diversity & inclusion). Additionally, Lisa collaborates with local, national, and international partners to co-create, host, and offer intensive trainings and learning communities in building diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion across teams and organizations. In addition to her work as a consultant and trainer, Lisa teaches leadership courses as a faculty member in the Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Program (SISL) at Edgewood College, and she has served as Co-Chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee for the Center for Mindfulness at UMass, Worchester, MA.

Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist

Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist is Director and Faculty in the Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program at Edgewood College. Prior to his current role, Stephan served as the Chief Diversity Officer for University of Wisconsin-Extension and University of Wisconsin-Colleges. He has helped found the Wellbeing CoLab, Center for Inclusive and Engaged Leadership, Intercollegiate Diversity Agora, Leadership for a Better World Summit, and Siskiyou Environmental Education Center. Stephan has taught and worked with organizations in the areas of leadership development, organizational and community wellbeing, organizational change, social innovation, diversity and inclusion, conflict transformation, and ecological sustainability. He holds a B.A. in international business, M.S. in environmental education, M.A. in conflict resolution, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership with a focus on interethnic conflict, transformational learning, and group dialogue. He is a volunteer tai chi instructor.